After section 6D of the 1996 Act (inserted by section 35 above) there is inserted—
(1) Where an accused's solicitor purports to give on behalf of the accused—
(a) a defence statement under section 5, 6 or 6B, or
(b) a statement of the kind mentioned in section 6B(4),
the statement shall, unless the contrary is proved, be deemed to be given with the authority of the accused.
(2) If it appears to the judge at a pre-trial hearing that an accused has failed to comply fully with section 5, 6B or 6C, so that there is a possibility of comment being
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